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William P. Adrian Obituary
ADRIAN, William P.

William P. Adrian, age 94, of the William Adrian Agency, passed away March 26, 2014. Born in Hackensack, NJ in 1919 and raised in Syracuse, NY, Bill graduated from Nottingham HS and later attended Syracuse University where he studied Theatre.

In 1946, Bill traveled west to California with dreams of becoming a Hollywood actor. While attending classes at USC, he was asked to pick some girls for a fashion show at USC; he soon discovered that he had a talent and a good eye for the "All-American" look in California's young teens. Bill started the William Adrian Modeling Agency in 1946 with 3 girls and an innovative idea.

Over the course of 60+ Years in the modeling business, Bill Adrian helped guide the early careers of many successful models, and discovered countless cover girls, beauty queens and Rose queens and princesses. The William Adrian Agency is considered the oldest and most successful teen modeling agency in the United States.

Bill loved to be with family and friends, play the harmonica and play pool.

Bill was the eldest of 6 children. He was preceded in death by his parents William and Florence, brother Bobby, sisters Dorothy, Virginia, Jean and Suzanne, nephews James and Danny, great nephew Chris and great niece Jillian. He is survived by 14 nieces and nephews, 32 great nieces and nephews and 16 great-great nieces and nephews.

Visitation Thursday April 3rd 5:00-8:00 PM at Cabot & Sons, 27 Chestnut St., Pasadena, Ca. Funeral Mass Friday, April 4th 10:00 AM at St. Philips Catholic Church, 151 S. Hill St., Pasadena, Ca. Reception following.
Published in Pasadena Star-News from Mar. 30 to Apr. 1, 2014
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